Most of us know breastfeeding has an extraordinary range of benefits. For the baby, benefits include antibodies from the mother, proper growth of the mouth and jaw, and lower risk of chronic conditions later in life. For the mother, benefits include decreased obesity rates, less cardiovascular disease, and less breast and reproductive cancers.
One of WIC’s goals is to educate mothers on the important benefits of breastfeeding, and to support the mother in beginning and continuing to breastfeed her child. IHC’s Women, Infant, Children (WIC) sites strive to promote breastfeeding. The Hamilton County WIC program in Noblesville went above and beyond, with one of the highest initiation rates in the state of Indiana. This exceeds the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotions 2020 Healthy People Objective. The Cass County WIC program, located in Logansport, saw an impressive increase in breastfeeding initiation rates as well.
We are very proud of the efforts made in each and every WIC office! Our WIC staff is mission-focused and we appreciate them!